[Haskell] 2nd CFP Coordination and Organisation (CoOrg05)

Leon van der Torre L.W.N.van.der.Torre at cwi.nl
Fri Feb 11 12:04:33 EST 2005

Second Call for Papers

Submission site is now open (strict deadline March 1):

1st International Workshop on Coordination and Organisation (CoOrg 2005)

CoOrg 2005 is a one day workshop affiliated with the Seventh International Conference on Coordination Models and Languages (COORDINATION 2005), Namur, Belgium, April 20-23, 2005. (http://www.coordination2005.org)

Workshop goals

Organizations embody a powerful way to coordinate complex behavior in human society. Different models of organisations exist, from bureaucratic systems based on norms to competitive systems based on markets. Moreover, organizational concepts allow to structure the behavior of complex entities in a hierarchy of encapsulated entities: departments structured in roles, organisations structured in departments, and interorganizational coordination structured in organizations. Organizations specify the interaction and communication possibilities of each of these entities, abstracting from the implementation of their behavior. Since these entities are autonomous, they can only be coordinated exogeneously.

Organisational models have been popular in the last years in agent theory for modelling coordination in open systems, where departments and organisations are modelled as autonomous entities. This is also due to the need to ensure social order within MAS applications like Web Services, Grid Computing, and Ubiquitous Computing. In these settings, openness, heterogeneity, and scalability pose new challenges on traditional MAS organizational models. It becomes necessary to integrate organizational and individual perspectives and to promote the dynamic adaptation of models to organizational and environmental changes. Nowadays, practical applications of agents to organizational modeling are being widely developed.

Moreover, organisational concepts are used frequently for coordination purposes in different areas of Computer Science. For example, roles are used in access control, conceptual modelling, programming languages and patterns. Contracts are used in design by contract, and services are used in web services and service level agreements. Message based communication is used in networking. Finally, coordination techniques are used in formal models of organisations to analyse or simulate them. In contrast, most coordination languages refer mostly to different kinds of metaphors, like blackboards, shared dataspaces, component composition and channels.

Although coordination is usually said to be of a multidisciplinary nature, the links between organisations and coordination have never received proper attention at the coordination conferences. CoOrg 2005, as part of COORDINATION2005, will provide an excellent opportunity to meet researchers studying coordination and organisations in cognitive science, social sciences, agent theory, computer science, philosophy, etc., to discuss the current state of the art and identify potential future directions and research issues.

Topics of interest

The topics of this symposium include, but are not restricted to, the following:

    * organisational concepts and methods for coordination:
          o role based coordination
          o contract based coordination
          o coordination in normative multiagent systems
          o service oriented coordination
    * coordination techniques for organisations:
          o normative systems
          o markets
          o authority and power
          o trust
    * interorganisational coordination
          o control of autonomy in coordination
          o integration of organizations
    * applications of coordination and organisation:
          o multiagent social simulation models
          o organization based software engineering
          o organization oriented programming
          o organizational patterns

Invited speaker

Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna


The papers accepted for the symposium will be available at the workshop. Moreover, selected work will be published in a volume of ENTCS.

Important Dates

    * March 1, 2005: Submissions deadline
    * March 15, 2005: Notification of authors
    * April 1, 2005: camera ready copies deadline
    * April 20-23, 2005: COORDINATION 2005 conference


The length of each paper including figures and references must be between 10 and 15 ENTCS style pages. All papers must be submitted in PDF or postscript format. Papers are to be submitted through the following web address: http://coorg05.di.unito.it/.

Submissions should explicitly state their contribution and their relevance to the theme of the workshop. Other criteria for selection will be originality, significance, correctness, and clarity.

Simultaneous or similar submissions to other conferences or journals are allowed, when this is indicated on the first page of the submitted paper.


Leon van der Torre, CWI Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Guido Boella, Department of Computer Science, Universita' di Torino, Italy

Program committee

    * Farhad Arbab - CWI Amsterdam and University Leiden
    * Frank de Boer - CWI Amsterdam and University Leiden
    * Guido Boella - Dipartimento di Informatica, Universita' di Torino (co-chair)
    * Olivier Boissier - Systemes Multi-Agents G2I, ENSM.SE Saint-Etienne
    * Cristiano Castelfranchi - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), Italy
    * Kevin Crowston - Syracuse University
    * Mehdi Dastani - University of Utrecht
    * Joris Hulstijn - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    * Andrea Omicini - University of Bologna
    * Pierre-Yves Schobbens - Institut d'Informatique University of Namur
    * Carles Sierra - IIIA of the Spanish Research Council, Barcelona
    * Leon van der Torre - CWI Amsterdam (co-chair)

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